Millions of people are looking for ways to make money outside traditional jobs. Maybe you have a full-time job and are looking to make something extra, or maybe you want to make enough money to stay home with your kids instead of going to a day job.
Regardless of your situation, there are plenty of side hustle ideas to make extra income. The key is simply finding the right one for you.
This article is a collection of more than 150 possible side hustles. It’s quite an exhaustive list, so you may want to bookmark this page for future reference.
Regardless of your schedule, skills, and stage of life, there are plenty of possibilities here. Take some time to read through the list, find the ones that interest you the most, and take action.
The opportunities are categorized, and quick links to the categories are in the Table of Contents below.
Best Side Hustle Ideas
I want to start the article by mentioning some of my favorite side hustle ideas. Of course, they could also fit into the categories covered later in the article, but I want to highlight them as some of the best side hustles.
1. Start a Blog
Blogging is my favorite side hustle for a few important reasons:
- It can be done part-time or full-time, depending on your goals.
- You’ll build a valuable asset that you can sell in the future.
- The income potential is virtually unlimited.
- You can start a blog about any topic that interests you (as long as other people are interested in it too).
I started a blog as a side hustle in 2007, which turned into a full-time business in 2008. Since then, I’ve had blogs on graphic design, photography, travel, personal finance, and more. I’ve sold a few blogs for a combined total of more than $1 million.
The downside to blogging is that it takes time and effort before you’ll start to see the payoff. If you start a blog today, you may not make any money for the first six months or more. It’s a good option if you’re looking to build a long-term business with excellent earning potential, but not good if you need to start making money immediately.
If you’re interested in blogging, see my article How to Start a Blog which walks you through the steps to take.
2. Build a Niche Website
Niche websites are similar to blogs, but there are a few differences. While blogs are often personal and blog readers tend to feel a connection to the writer behind the blog, niche websites are typically not personal. Readers usually don’t care or even know who is writing the article.
The content of a niche website will be highly focused on a particular topic, and the goal is to cover that topic as thoroughly as possible. Many niche websites generate revenue through affiliate marketing (as well as ad revenue), so they tend to publish content that mentions or features products they can promote as an affiliate. For example, a niche website on yoga might publish an article like “The 10 Best Yoga Blocks”.
Niche websites typically get most of their traffic from search engines, so most (if not all) of the articles published at these sites will target a specific keyword or phrase people are searching for.
Building niche websites comes with the same benefits as side hustling with a blog. It’s an excellent option for anyone who wants to build an online business and is willing to put in some work upfront.
See my Complete Guide to Building a Profitable Niche Website if you’re interested in building a money-making niche website.
3. Sell Printables
There are all different types of printables you can sell, like planners and organizers, budget sheets, checklists, and even things like fun photo booth props.
You can design the printables yourself or outsource the work to a freelance designer. You could set up a shop on Etsy or sell from your own website (or both).
It may take some time to build up your shop, but once you have several products for sale, you may generate a significant amount of passive income.
My friend Julie made around $10,000 each year for the last 2 years selling bachelorette party printables on Etsy.
The E-Printables Course from Gold City Ventures is a detailed course that teaches everything you need to know to run a profitable Etsy shop selling simple printables.
Access this free workshop and learn how to generate passive income by selling printables on Etsy. You'll learn about the types of products that sell, how to get your Etsy shop set up, and how to make sales and ensure that your shop is a success.
This is the perfect side hustle if you:
- Want to work from home
- Don't have much time
- Like the idea of selling on Etsy
- Don't have prior experience
You can make extra money as a transcriptionist with an internet connection and some typing skills. You’ll benefit from flexible hours, and you can make real money for your work.
This is one of my favorite side hustles because of its incredible flexibility. You can work as few or as many hours as you want and work whenever you want. It can be a part-time gig that you do a few hours per week, or it can be a full-time career (there are a lot of transcription jobs out there). If you have a day job or other commitments, you can easily do the transcription work however it fits into your schedule.
Learn how to get started as a transcriptionist with this free 7-lesson course from Janet Shaughnessy of Transcribe Anywhere.
- Learn the two keys to success as a transcriptionist
- Use your existing typing skills
- Work part-time or full-time
- Work from home or anywhere with an internet connection
5. Work as a Virtual Assistant
Working as a virtual assistant can be a great side hustle or even a full-time business. Virtual assistants perform a lot of different tasks, depending on the job. Things like customer service, administrative work, and managing social media accounts are common tasks for a virtual assistant.
There is a huge demand for skilled VAs, so there’s plenty of work available, and it’s possible to earn a nice hourly rate as a virtual assistant.
Read our article How to Become a Virtual Assistant to learn more.
If you're interested in making money from home, be sure to check out this free workshop from Kayla Sloan. She shows how to use the skills you already have to start making money as a VA.
6. Rent Storage Space
If you have a busy schedule and you’re looking for a way to make some extra cash without dedicating a lot of time to start a side hustle, you may want to consider rentals. You can rent many different things, but one of the most practical and realistic options for many people is storage space.
Do you have extra space in your basement, attic, garage, shed, or closet that you’re not using? Or maybe you have a spare room that could be used for storage, or even a storage unit or shipping container. Neighbor is a popular platform for peer-to-peer storage rentals. People in your local area may be willing to pay you to store some of their things in your unused space.
This side hustle is ideal because it requires very little time and generates (mostly) passive income. It also doesn’t require any particular skills or experience. All you need to do is find some space you can rent and create a profile on Neighbor. There’s no cost to list your space, and you’re in control of when and how renters use your space.
Neighbor makes it easy to earn extra cash by renting out storage space in your basement, attic, garage, or even a shed. Make extra money each month without needing to spend time on a side hustle.
- Earn thousands of dollars per year
- Very little time or effort required
- Neighbor markets your space to people in your local area
- Set your own rates
- Neighbor handles all the payments for you
7. Rent Out Your RV or Camper
Most people who own an RV or camper only use it at certain times, maybe a few weeks throughout the year. If that is the case for you, you can make a good income by renting your RV to other people.
Of course, I know that most people (including me) don’t own an RV, so this is not a practical option for everyone. However, if you do own an RV or camper, this rental side hustle could be the perfect way to make some extra money by turning your RV into an income-generating asset.
This side hustle has a serious upside with real income potential. There’s a strong demand for RV and camper rentals since many people either don’t want to buy one, don’t have the space to store it, or couldn’t afford to buy it. As a result, it’s not hard to find renters. According to RVshare, you can make up to $22,000 annually by allowing other people to use your RV.
If you have an RV, be sure to check out RVshare, which is the leading platform for peer-to-peer RV rentals.
Do you own an RV? If so, you can make a great passive income by renting it out when you're not using it. RVshare is a platform that connects RV owners with renters.
- Use the RV when you want, rent it out when you don't need it
- Turn your RV into an income-generating asset
- Passive income opportunity
- You control all the details like pricing
- Largest RV marketplace
8. Rent Out Your Truck
If you have a truck, you can easily turn it into an income-generating asset by listing it for rent on Fetch. According to Fetch, you can make up to $1,800 per month by renting out your truck. That’s excellent earning potential for a small effort.
Like the other rental options, renting out your truck is mostly passive. Fetch handles customer service, renter verification, and payment processing. All you need to do is clean the truck and make it accessible for renters. With the Fetch smart device, renters can unlock the truck with their phone, so you don’t even need to meet them to provide the key.
Rent out your truck and make money passively with Fetch. Fetch's platform automates most of the process for you. They'll promote your rental to people in your local area, handle all customer inquiries, renter verification, and payment. The Fetch smart device even allows renters to unlock your truck with their phone so you don't have to meet them in person.
- Great side hustle for busy people
- Turn your truck into an income-generating asset
- Excellent income potential
- Rent out a single truck or build your own fleet
- Fetch guarantees that you'll make at least $1,500 in the first 90 days
9. Start a YouTube Channel
Popular YouTube channels bring in a LOT of money. You can earn revenue from ad clicks, sell sponsorships that will be promoted in your videos, and create videos to promote products as an affiliate.
Starting a YouTube channel is similar to starting a blog, except you’ll be creating video content instead of written content.
10. Freelance Writing
If you need to start making money immediately, freelance writing is a better option than building your own blog. Instead of building your own blog, you can get paid to write for existing blogs that need help producing content, and there are plenty of them out there.
Being a freelance writer is a great option because you can make very good money if you’re able to land the right clients, and you’ll have a lot of flexibility in your working hours.
Although my business has been primarily focused on my own websites, I’ve done a decent amount of freelance writing over the years, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys writing. Some of my gigs have paid more than $100 per hour of time worked (although I usually charged per word or article, not by the hour).
11. Become a Delivery Driver
There are several restaurant delivery services that hire drivers to make local deliveries. In most cases, you can have a flexible schedule and earn extra cash whenever you’re available to work. Likewise, grocery delivery jobs are another similar option.
There are two key advantages of delivery jobs over popular ride-sharing jobs:
- The vehicle requirements are a lot more lenient. For example, DoorDash allows you to use any car for delivery. On the other hand, ride-share driving for Uber or Lyft requires you to have a car that meets many specific guidelines.
- As a delivery driver, you won’t have strangers riding in your car.
This is a great side hustle if you need to start making real money very quickly. There’s no need to build a business and wait months to generate revenue. You’ll be able to pick up shifts immediately and start making money immediately.
If you like to design, you can create your own designs to sell as print-on-demand t-shirts and other products. Even if you’re not a designer, this is still a potential side hustle idea if it appeals to you. There are stock graphics and resources you can buy that will do a lot of the design work for you (just be sure to check licensing details). Another option is to hire a freelancer to do the design work.
Of course, you could set up your own e-commerce site with Shopify or another platform. But some websites allow you to create your own designs and sell shirts without stocking any inventory. Merch by Amazon and Redbubble are among the most popular, but there are plenty of others.
One of the nice things about this side hustle is that it has the potential to provide passive income once you’re established. For many people, that’s the sign of a perfect side hustle.
Proofreading is an excellent opportunity if you’re looking for flexible work with the potential to make good money. You’ll need to be good with grammar and have attention to detail. There’s a lot of work available, so it’s a perfect option if you have grammar skills.
Proofread Anywhere provides the best training for anyone looking to make money (part-time or full-time) as a proofreader. In this free workshop, you'll learn if proofreading is the right fit for you, plus a surprisingly easy way to your ideal clients.
14. Take Online Surveys
Online surveys are a favorite for many people for several reasons. You don’t need any special experience to start a side hustle with surveys. Anyone can do it. You can take the surveys in your spare time, and you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home.
It’s one of the best side hustle ideas to make extra money in a simple way.
Now, it’s important to set realistic expectations here. Your income potential is limited with online surveys. If you’re looking for a side hustle that can generate thousands of dollars per month or give you the potential to turn it into a full-time business, this isn’t the right fit. But if you’re looking to make an extra $100 – $300 per month with minimal disruption to your life, taking surveys could be a good option.
Online Business Side Hustle Ideas
There are many possibilities if you’re interested in starting an online business. Some of them (like blogging, niche websites, and print-on-demand) were mentioned above among my favorite side hustles, but in this section, you’ll find many more business ideas.
15. Sell Private-Label Products on Amazon
Amazon is a giant among online retailers, and you can leverage Amazon’s massive audience to sell your own products. One of the best ways is to start your own private-label brand. You’ll find a manufacturer to create a product with your own label or branding, send it to Amazon’s warehouses, and when customers place orders, Amazon will fulfill the orders and send the product to customers.
All of the product manufacturing and order fulfillment is handled by someone else, so it’s possible to run this business on limited hours and still make a great income.
Sounds pretty good, right? My wife and I ran a successful private label business part-time from 2015 – 2017 before selling it for a six-figure amount.
One of the downsides of this side hustle idea is that it usually requires an upfront investment for inventory, and there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to sell that inventory. There are some ways around the upfront investment, but they significantly limit your income potential. My wife and I invested about $10,000 to get started, but it’s possible to start with much less.
Read my Complete Guide to Selling Private Label Products on Amazon to learn more about this business model with awesome earning potential.
16. Start Your Own E-Commerce Website
Aside from selling on Amazon or other marketplaces, setting up your own e-commerce website is another option. Shopify makes all the technical aspects of it very easy and affordable. You can find products to wholesale at sites like Alibaba and AliExpress, or create and sell your own custom products.
The upside is you’ll have a lot more flexibility and control as compared to selling on Amazon or some other marketplace. The downside is you’ll need to build your own audience, so it can take some time to see results (unless you’ve got a nice budget for advertising).
As a dropshipper you can sell products online without carrying any inventory. You’ll fill your e-commerce website with products. When a customer places an order, it will go to the wholesaler or manufacturer, and they will ship it to the customer.
It’s a nice hands-free option, and you don’t need a large upfront investment to start a dropshipping business. Thanks to Shopify’s dropshipping capabilities, you can easily create a dropshipping business.
18. Sell Crafts on Etsy
Are you good with arts and crafts? If so, you could create and sell handmade items on Etsy and other sites like Etsy.
Etsy is a huge platform with millions of buyers looking for crafty items. You can work a flexible schedule and make whatever you want to sell, so it’s a great side hustle for the right person.
19. Become an Influencer
As the popularity of social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok has continued to grow, the opportunities to earn money on those platforms have increased and become more significant. Many brands are looking to reach users through influencer marketing, and if you have a large and active following, you can make a lot of money by partnering with brands to provide them with exposure to your audience.
And really, you don’t need a huge audience to make money as an influencer. Even micro-influencers with smaller followings can earn extra cash if their social media followers are engaged.
This could be a good opportunity if you’re an avid social media user.
20. Flip Domains
If you’ve ever tried to buy a domain name, you know that it’s not easy to find a good one available.
It seems like all the good .com domain names are already taken. As a result, strong domain names have a lot of value. Some people make very good money by buying and reselling domain names. In some cases, this involves finding domains that have just expired and buying them before someone else does.
While it’s not easy, domain flipping offers significant income potential.
21. Flip Websites
If flipping domain names doesn’t interest you, how about flipping full websites?
If you find a site you can improve, you may be able to make a nice profit from it after you’ve made the improvements and increased its profitability. (I’d recommend having some experience with building and managing websites or blogs before you buy a site.)
Flipping websites offer excellent earning potential but does involve risk.
22. Create an Online Course
There are online courses available for just about anything you can imagine. I’ve taken countless courses myself, and I’m sure I’ll continue to purchase many other courses in the future. Creating and selling a course in your area of expertise is a great way to make money online. Courses have a much higher perceived value than an e-book, so it’s possible to sell them for high prices. Many courses sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
If you want to create your own course, there are a few ways you could do it. Teachable is an extremely popular platform that makes creating and selling your own course easy. The nice thing about using Teachable is that you won’t have to deal with many technical aspects that can be challenging when setting up your course. And if you need help, you can hire a virtual assistant that specializes in course launches.
23. Start a Podcast
Like blogs and YouTube channels, podcasts are a very popular way to deliver content. Many podcasts are published on sites that also have a blog on the same topic.
As a podcaster, you can make significant money selling sponsorships if you have a decent-sized audience. Of course, you can also use your podcast for affiliate marketing (like interviewing people who sell a course, e-book, or another type of product). Some podcasters also create their own product that can be sold, which is an ideal way to maximize your income potential.
Starting and building a successful podcast takes time and patience, just like growing a blog or YouTube channel. You won’t be profitable right away, but you’ll build a business that could become something significant in the future.
24. Write and Sell Books or E-books on Amazon
This is a great side hustle for those who like to write. Take advantage of Amazon’s massive reach to quickly get your book or e-book in front of thousands of people. You can make sales by promoting your book to your own audience (if you have an audience), or you can reach buyers directly on Amazon.
Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) makes it easy to become a self-published author. You can sell paperback books through print-on-demand, and Amazon will print them as customers purchase them, so you don’t need to invest money for expensive print runs and store inventory.
You won’t make much money with each sale, but the goal is to move a high volume. Most writers that make a lot of money selling books and e-books on Amazon have several different books. To maximize your results, you’ll need to continually write new books (or outsource the writing to others).
This is a flexible side hustle idea that can be done around your existing schedule. You could use it to make a little extra income or turn it into full-time work.
25. Write and Sell E-books on Your Own Website
Amazon isn’t your only option if you want to write and sell e-books or print-on-demand books. You can also choose to sell on your own website or blog (or through social media profiles) instead of on Amazon. One of the downsides to selling e-books on Amazon is that the prices tend to be very low. If you have a higher-priced e-book, it may not make many sales. In most cases, you could sell it on your own website for a higher price.
Setting this up may sound intimidating, but it’s easy. SendOwl is an awesome tool that will handle checkout and order fulfillment. It’s very easy to set up and integrate into your existing website, and it’s also easy for customers to buy and download your e-book. I used SendOwl for several years, and I highly recommend it.
This is a great option if you already have a website or blog with some traffic.
26. Publish on Medium
If you like writing, but you want to be able to reach a large audience quickly without building your own blog, you could try publishing on Medium. Even if you have your own blog, you can also write on Medium as a way to make additional income and funnel traffic back to your blog.
Medium already has a massive audience, and you can start your own publication or submit your articles to other publications. You can earn money from Medium based on the number of people that read your articles, and with Medium’s reach, this can add up quickly.
Many freelance writers write for Medium when they’re not busy with client work. It provides a way to earn extra money between client projects while building up name recognition and increasing exposure.
27. Be a Resume Writer
There are a lot of job searchers who are willing to pay someone to write a professional resume for them. If you have experience with resumes or HR, this could be a great fit for you. You can find your own clients by side hustling as a freelancer. Start by working your personal and professional network to offer your services to people who may be looking for a job.
28. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing involves promoting products or services sold by other companies and earning a commission when your referrals make a purchase. Other affiliate programs also pay you per lead or for a specific action, like downloading and installing a mobile app.
With affiliate marketing, you don’t need to create your own products or services. Many blogs and websites generate revenue through affiliate programs, but having your own website isn’t necessary. Some top affiliates use paid traffic, like Facebook ads or YouTube ads, to send traffic to their affiliate offers.
One of the nice things about affiliate marketing is that you can find opportunities in any industry and for just about any type of product. The possibilities are virtually endless.
29. Start a Facebook Group
There are Facebook Groups focused on just about any topic you can imagine, and the active groups have plenty of income potential. Of course, some Facebook Groups are managed by websites and blogs to connect with their audience, but you can certainly run your own group without the need to have a website or blog.
The hardest part of building a successful group will be getting it off the ground. You’ll need to get some active members into the group quickly and ensure that discussions occur daily. When visitors come across your group and see it’s active, they’ll be more likely to join.
Once your group is established, you can monetize it with affiliate marketing. Highly engaged groups are generally very responsive to affiliate offers that are relevant to them.
Online Work Side Hustles
If you want the flexibility and convenience of working online but don’t want to start your own business, here are some other options. The downside of these side hustle ideas is that the income potential is limited. Starting a business is a better option if you’re looking to maximize your income.
30. At-Home Customer Service
A growing number of companies hire customer service reps who work from home. Your work could be done online, by phone, or by online chat. Here are a few companies that you can check out:
Here are some websites where you can find opportunities to provide customer service through online chat:
31. Get Paid to Test Websites
Being a website tester is a great option if you want to make some extra income in your spare time without leaving the house. Companies pay testers to give feedback on websites and apps, and you don’t need any special skills or experience. You’ll typically need a computer, internet connection, microphone, and camera. A simple laptop with a built-in webcam and mic will do.
Most tasks involve recording yourself using a website or app and sharing your feedback through audio/video. The biggest challenge to start a side hustle with website testing is that the opportunities are limited. More people are interested in doing the testing than gigs available, so your income will be limited by the number of opportunities.
32. Watch Videos Online
Is it possible that you could get paid for watching videos online? Yes, it is.
Don’t expect to get rich quickly with this approach, but it’s an easy way to earn extra cash in your spare time, and you don’t need any skills. There are several different sites where you can sign up and earn money or credits for watching different videos. Some of the best options are Swagbucks (get a $5 bonus for signing up), Inbox Dollars (get a $5 bonus for signing up), and MyPoints (get a $10 bonus for signing up.
33. Data Entry
It’s possible to work from home with a flexible schedule by working in data entry. You don’t need a lot of skills or experience to get started. You can apply for work at the following websites:
Another great way to make some extra money without leaving your home or apartment is to do online research. Some companies will pay you to research different items. These are usually simple tasks requiring basic internet and search skills, but some assignments will be more involved. Here are a few of the best websites to check out:
35. Complete Tasks Online
The opportunities in this category vary, but microtask websites allow you to earn money by completing different types of simple tasks. It’s one of the simplest side hustle ideas.
Amazon Mechanical Turk allows you to earn extra cash with short, simple tasks that typically take a few minutes each. Tasks include things like watching videos, categorization, and completing surveys.
Clickworker offers opportunities like data entry, copywriting, editing, proofreading, and research.
36. Work as a Search Engine Evaluator
Did you know you can get paid to evaluate search engine results?
While search engines use algorithms, they also have real humans who evaluate search results, and that’s where you come in.
Each company works a little bit differently, but in general, you will need to be internet savvy, and you may need to pass a test before qualifying for the work. This is a great, flexible side hustle you can do on your own schedule.
Almost all these jobs are part-time, so it’s not something that will grow into a full-time income.
To learn more about the job and the companies that hire, please see Search Engine Evaluator Jobs.
37. Sell Your Data
With this side hustle, you won’t make much money, but it takes almost no effort. As a result, you can also pair it with other side hustle ideas that require more of your time.
Companies are willing to pay for your data, and in most cases, you’ll get money or rewards as long as you allow them to collect data. Here are a few options:
MobileXpression is a market research company that will pay you to get access to your mobile browsing data. You’ll earn weekly points that you can redeem for gift cards at Amazon or many other retailers. Earn up to $50 per year per device.
SavvyConnect is similar to MobileXpression, except you’re not limited to only using it on mobile devices. You’ll earn $5 per month per device.
Nielsen Computer & Mobile Panel will pay you for access to browsing data on your mobile device or laptop. Earn up to $50 per year per device.
38. Join a Focus Group
Online focus groups can be a fun way to make extra money in your spare time. It’s somewhat similar to taking online surveys, except that most surveys are brief, and your work as part of a focus group will be much more in-depth.
Side Hustles Ideas for Creatives
Are you creative? If so, here are some side hustles and business ideas with outstanding earning potential that could be a great fit for you.
39. Freelance Graphic Design
Do you have some design skills? Why not put them to good use as a graphic designer?
Many businesses, large and small, are looking for freelance designers for things like logos, brochures, book and e-book layouts, book covers, web graphics, social media images, and much more.
If you’re unsure where to start, sites like Fiverr, and Upwork are good places to find your first clients (and don’t forget to ask around, you may have family or friends that would need your services). You can also create your own portfolio website.
40. Freelance Web Design and Development
Many businesses and organizations are also looking for web designers and coders. If you have some HTML and CSS skills, or even just experience setting up WordPress-based websites, you should be able to find some work.
You don’t have to be a coding master, despite what you might think. Thanks to resources like the Divi WordPress theme and the Divi Builder plugin (which can be used with any WordPress theme), it’s possible to create professional websites without coding.
See our article How to Make Money as a Web Designer to learn more.
If you have a camera and some decent skills, you may be able to get paid as a freelance photographer. I know several people who make a part-time income from photography.
Even just in your circle of friends and acquaintances, you probably know people who would be looking for maternity, newborn, engagement, family, or senior photos. Wedding photography can be especially lucrative.
42. Stock Photography
Photography is one of the best hobbies for making money. Aside from taking photos for clients, another option is to license your photos through stock photo marketplaces like Shutterstock, Depositphotos, and others. To have success, you’ll need to take photos specifically with stock users in mind rather than just uploading whatever photos you happen to have on your hard drive.
The stock photo marketplaces already have millions of photos, so standing out is difficult. It’s nearly impossible to get started with stock photography today and turn it into a full-time income, but if you’re looking for a way to use your hobby to make a few hundred dollars per month, it could be a good option. It also works well as a supplement to other photography-related income.
43. Photo Editing
Another photography-related side hustle is offering photo editing services. Photographs take huge volumes of photos, and editing or processing those digital photos can take a lot of time. Some photographers outsource the work to save time and free up more of their time for what they do best, actually taking the photos.
If you have some experience and skills with Lightroom or Photoshop, you could offer your services to edit photos.
44. Voiceover Artist
There’s a lot of demand for voice artists. You don’t have to sound like the movie preview guy, there are opportunities for people with all different types of voices.
45. Use Your Musical Talents
I’ve mentioned Fiverr a few times because it’s a great place to market your creative services as a freelancer. On Fiverr, you’ll also mind music-related services. For example, if you’re a drummer, you could create a gig so people can hire you to record a certain song on the drums. Of course, there are possibilities for other instruments and vocals as well.
46. Sell Your Designs and Art
At the beginning of this list, I listed print-on-demand as one of my favorite side hustles, I was focusing on t-shirts and other apparel designs, but there are other ways to earn extra money from print-on-demand sites.
Print-on-demand marketplaces like Redbubble allow you to sell your artwork as prints or on a wide range of products. If you’re an artist, this could be the ideal opportunity to use your skills.
47. Work as a Social Media Manager
Many small businesses don’t have the time or resources to manage their social media profiles in-house. There’s a big opportunity for providing these services for clients as a social media manager or virtual assistant that specializes in social media.
This could involve daily monitoring and posting to specific social media sites, managing social ads, and even creating images, videos, or content for brands to share and publish through their social media profiles. You can make a decent amount of money each month with just a few clients.
Selling and Renting Items
Make money by renting things that you don’t use very often or by selling items. The specific opportunities in this section vary, but they all relate to selling or renting.
48. Retail Arbitrage
Retail arbitrage is a popular option for making money on Amazon. With retail arbitrage, you’ll buy products on sale at various retailers and then resell the same product on Amazon for a higher amount. Unlike private labeling, with retail arbitrage, you’re not creating your own products; you’re selling products from other brands. There are pros and cons to each approach.
With retail arbitrage, you can get started for much less money. You’ll need to invest to buy a few products, but you won’t need to start with thousands of dollars in inventory.
49. Flea Market Flipping
You can buy items at yard sales, flea markets, auctions, thrift stores, or online and then re-sell them for a profit.
You might sell the products locally in person, or you can sell on sites like eBay and Craigslist. You can also gather up things around your house that you no longer use and sell them (which is a perfect way to get started).
It’s very possible to make a great income with this approach, and you don’t need any specific skills or experience. One of the nice things is you can do this with whatever time you have. Do it on a small scale if you only have a few hours, or take it to another level if you have the time. See my list of The Easiest Things to Flip for Profit.
If you enjoy going to yard sales and flea markets, it’s fun to start a side hustle as a flipper.
50. Buy and Sell Collectibles
Turn a hobby into a profitable side hustle by selling collectibles. There are a lot of possibilities here, including coins, sports cards, vinyl records, comic books, video games, and much more.
Find items for cheap prices at yard sales, flea markets, auctions, and on websites like Craigslist. Knowing the value of the items and what you can resell them for can make a good bit of money.
You can sell on websites like eBay or Craigslist or set up a stand at flea markets or anywhere else where your ideal buyers will be.
51. Restore and Flip Furniture
You can easily find old furniture for little money, or even free. Quality wood furniture can be re-finished and easily sold for a profit. Another option is to reupholster furniture, give it a fresh look, and sell it on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.
You might be surprised by the income potential here. Also, the skills needed to flip furniture can be easily learned.
See our article Flipping Furniture for Profit to learn more.
52. Rent Out Your Stuff
Earlier, I mentioned the possibility of renting out your storage space or an RV, but that’s just the start of side hustling with rentals. You can offer about anything you own for other people to rent.
To make it even better, some websites exist to help match you up with people who want to pay to rent your stuff. Here are some of those sites:
- Fat Llama (all kinds of different stuff)
- Loanables (all kinds of different stuff)
- Style Lend (women’s fashion)
- BabyQuip (baby gear)
Yes, you can earn extra income by recycling certain types of products. Of course, you can recycle your own products, but you can also gather or collect products that have some value as recyclables. See this article at The Penny Hoarder for more details.
54. Vending Machines
Vending machines can be a good source of passive income. You’ll buy the machine and keep it stocked. Machines at places like offices, retail stores, and other places that get a lot of foot traffic can make a considerable amount of money. Multiply that by adding more vending machines.
55. Sell Used Appliances
Buying and reselling used appliances is another realistic side hustle. You can find used appliances for very cheap on Craigslist and the Facebook Marketplace. You might pay a small amount for the item, and you may even get some items for free. Many people don’t want to deal with getting rid of their old appliances, so they may even give them to you if you’re willing and able to come to pick them up.
You’ll clean up the appliance to make it look as good as possible, and maybe make some repairs if it’s not working as it should, and then sell it for more than you paid.
See our article How to Sell Used Appliances for Cash to get started.
56. Be a Friend
RentAFriend.com allows people to pay others for companionship. Renting out your friendship sounds a little crazy and kind of creepy, but apparently, a lot of people are doing it and making real money.
Please read our article How to Make Money by Being a Friend.
57. Grow and Sell Produce
If you enjoy gardening, why not turn it into a money-making venture? You could sell at a farm stand, farmers market, flea market, or even through the internet. RipeNearMe is a website that allows you to list your excess produce for sale.
58. Sell Your Hair
One way to make some extra income is to sell your hair. People are willing to buy hair for different reasons, like making a wig. At HairSellon you can list your hair for sale. The amount you’ll get will depend on many factors, including length and color. Many sell for a few hundred dollars, and some sell for more than $1,000.
Teaching Side Hustles
Share your knowledge, help others learn, and get paid. There are teaching and tutoring opportunities in your local area, as well as some online opportunities. Each one will have its own requirements (like your education or certifications), so not all of these side hustling options will be possibilities for everyone.
59. Teach or Tutor
Sign up with VIPKid (must have at least a Bachelor’s degree) to teach English to Chinese children (ages 4-12) as a side hustle. VIPKid provides lesson plans, and you can teach from home, so it’s a great way to make some money on the side. You can earn $14 – $22 per hour and pick your own schedule.
Several other websites allow you to find opportunities for online tutoring.
See our list of the best online tutoring jobs.
60. Work as a Substitute Teacher
Every school needs substitute teachers (that need is very strong right now with a shortage of workers). If you’re qualified, you may be able to work part-time and make some money this way.
The requirements will vary depending on where you live, but many states do not require teaching certification. Check with your local school districts for opportunities.
61. Become a Driving Instructor
If you’re not afraid to ride in a car with teenage beginner drivers, another possibility is to become a driving instructor. Most high schools offer driver’s education, and private classes or lessons are also possible.
62. Offer Music Lessons
If you have some musical ability you can start a side hustle that earns a pretty good hourly rate. Pick up a few clients for weekly lessons, and you can easily make some money on the side.
You can take appointments around your schedule, so it’s possible even if you have a full-time job. Not only will you make some extra money, but if you enjoy music, you’ll probably have fun teaching others.
There are many local businesses with bulletin boards where you can publicize your services and also try listings on sites like Craigslist. You can also offer online music lessons through sites like TakeLessons, Lessonface, and Live Music Tutor.
Sports and Fitness-Related Side Hustles
If you love sports or just staying in shape and getting exercise, there are ways to incorporate that into a successful side hustle.
63. Coach Sports
There are a lot of opportunities for coaching sports, including school and recreational leagues. The pay varies a lot depending on the situation, so it may not be the most lucrative side hustle in some situations. But if you want to make some money doing something you enjoy, it may be an option you want to consider.
64. Private Coaching or Lessons
Aside from coaching a team, you can also earn extra income by providing individual instruction. This can be pretty lucrative. Many parents are willing to spend money on private coaching for their kids in hopes of a college scholarship.
This is a great option if you have good abilities and knowledge of a particular sport or even a specific aspect of a sport. I know people who have paid private basketball and golf coaches and hitting instructors for baseball. You could even run your own camps if you wanted to take it to the next level.
65. Referee or Officiate Sports
Another sports-related side hustle is to be a referee or official. Depending on the league, you may need to get a certification (like for officiating most high school sports), but recreational leagues often do not have the same requirements. Even if you do need to get a certification, that’s usually something that you can do without too much difficulty.
As a ref, you can make decent money. I did this for a year in college, and I hated it, but many people enjoy it.
66. Work as a Personal Trainer
If you spend much time in the gym, why not turn it into a money-making venture? Many people are looking for personal trainers, and you can make a good hourly rate with a flexible schedule.
You could do this for a few hours a week to make additional income or find more clients and turn it into a full-time business. Several different organizations and associations offer certification.
67. Become a Zumba Instructor
If you like to have fun and stay fit, becoming a Zumba instructor could be a great side hustle. You’ll get training and receive a license to begin teaching Zumba classes.
68. Get Paid for Healthy Activities
It may sound too good to be true, but some apps will pay you for exercising and completing healthy activities. Don’t expect to make loads of money this way, but it doesn’t hurt to make a little extra money if you’re already doing these things.
Evidataion will pay you for tracking steps, sleep, meals, tweets & more. You’ll get paid real cash (by PayPal or direct deposit), not credits.
Sweatcoin pays you for your outdoor steps, tracked by your phone’s accelerometers and GPS location.
69. Get Paid to Lose Weight
If you’re looking to lose some weight, how about adding a monetary incentive to give you even more motivation?
At HealthyWage you can make a weight loss bet and set your target amount of weight to lose. If you hit your goal, you’ll make some money! But if you don’t hit your goal, you’ll lose the bet and your money.
If you’re an animal lover, why not find a way to earn extra cash working with pets? Here are some options.
70. Be a Dog Walker or Pet Sitter
Dog walking is a pretty easy side hustle (as long as you’re in good health), and it’s a service many pet owners with busy schedules need.
Find a few clients in your area and enjoy your side hustle with a flexible schedule. You can ask around your circle of friends and family, post a listing on Craigslist or Facebook, or put out some fliers in your area to find your first few dog walking clients.
Rover is a popular network connecting pet owners with dog walkers and sitters.
Wag is another online network for dog walking and pet sitting.
Care.com also has a pet care section where you can list your availability for services like dog walking and pet sitting.
71. Pet Grooming
If you don’t want to walk dogs, another option is to offer grooming services for dogs and other pets. Most dog owners aren’t able (or willing) to do this themselves, so there are plenty of potential clients.
If you enjoy raising animals, another option is to become a breeder. This side hustle requires a lot of work and commitment, so only attempt it if it’s something that you want to do. Also, while you can make some money, it’s usually not the most lucrative option, so if you’re in it mostly for the money, you may want to consider something else. But if it’s a side hustle that appeals to you, see this article about How to Start a Dog Breeding Business.
73. Pooper Scooper
Many dog owners will pay someone to clean up their yard. It’s not the most pleasant side hustle, but you can make decent money doing it, partly because other people don’t want to do it.
Caring for Others
There are several ways to earn extra income by caring for others. Here are just a few of the possibilities.
Babysitting is a side hustle that’s been around for many, many years, and it’s not going away anytime soon. Babysitting is probably one of the most popular first side hustles, but it’s not only for teenagers.
There are different ways to go about getting clients. Word-of-mouth is usually the best since parents want to know that they can trust the person who’s watching their kids. Start by checking with family, friends, co-workers, and people at your church or other organizations. Once you have a few happy clients, the word should start to spread since parents talk about their kids more than anything else.
If you’re a nurse or a caregiver full-time, you can make some money by providing in-home services to clients on the side. There’s a huge need for this service, and the need will likely continue to increase as baby boomers get older, making it a good long-term side hustle.
76. Become a Doula
A doula provides support to mothers through the birthing process. If you love to help others and enjoy the birthing process, this can be a good way to make some extra income. That being said, I imagine it can sometimes be quite demanding and intense.
There are a few different organizations that offer certifications. Once certified, you can use DoulaMatch.net to help get exposure and find local clients.
77. Massage Therapy
Message therapy is another service-related side hustle in the industry. You’ll need certification, but many schools and associations offer this, and it can be achieved pretty quickly.
After you’re certified, you can find clients and work a flexible schedule. You can go to your clients’ homes or set up a small office.
There are all kinds of different services you can provide to help people with their homes or offices. Some of them require particular skills, and others are more simple. These are just a few of the possibilities.
78. Clean Houses
Cleaning houses or offices may not be the glamorous way to earn extra income, but plenty of potential clients and opportunities exist. This is a side hustle that you could do on a small scale and benefit from a flexible schedule, or take it big and make it a full-time business.
To find your first clients spread the word with your friends and family, post to Craigslist and Facebook, and consider creating a profile at Care.com in the housekeeping section. Many of your clients will hire you on a repeat basis, so ideally, you won’t need to be constantly looking for clients.
Please read How to Start a Cleaning Business in 10 Simple Steps to learn more.
79. Carpet Cleaning
Instead of offering general house cleaning services, you could specialize in carpet cleaning. You’ll need to invest some money in equipment, but you can earn a pretty good hourly rate by cleaning carpets.
80. Paint Houses
There are plenty of people interested in hiring painters. My wife and I typically do our own painting, but in the past few years, we’ve hired two different painters for projects that we couldn’t do ourselves or when we didn’t have the time. Most jobs will be fairly basic, but you’ll get some jobs that require the right ladders or scaffolding and some comfort with heights.
There are a lot of possibilities, though, as every house needs paint from time to time. Aside from just painting interior walls, you can also paint shudders, front doors, fences, decks, and other exterior surfaces.
This is another side hustle you could do part-time around your existing schedule or turn into a full-time business. You can also offer some related services, like wallpaper removal and installing crown molding.
81. Pressure Washing
You can start a pressure washing or power washing service business if you have a pressure washer. If you don’t already have one, you can buy one for just a few hundred dollars. Many people hire others to wash their houses, patios, decks, sidewalks, or driveways.
82. Interior Design
If you have an artistic and creative side, interior design might be a great side hustle. You could work in residences or for businesses.
83. Work as a Home Stager
When people try to sell their house, they want to make it look as good as possible. Many home sellers and real estate agents will hire a home stager to handle this important job. Working as a home stager could be an excellent side gig.
To learn more, please read How to Become a Home Stager.
84. Work as a Handyman
You could work as a handyman if you have a wide variety of skills. You might find yourself doing some basic plumbing, painting, carpentry, assembling things, and a lot of other odd jobs. Post your services on Craigslist, and of course, spread the word with your family and friends. You can also use sites like Handy.com and Jiffy to find work.
For more details, please read How to Start Handyman Business.
85. Repair Appliances
Tradeskills.io offers a course that will teach you how to repair and resell appliances. You’ll learn the skills to repair appliances, and they’ll also teach you how to run the business. You’ll find free or low-priced broken appliances, fix them, and sell them for profit.
86. Window Cleaning
Cleaning windows is another possible side hustle that you can do without any specific skills or experience. Many businesses and homeowners are willing to pay you to clean their windows. Invest a small amount in equipment, and you’ll be in business.
87. Laundry Care
Laundry Care is a service that people can use to hire others to do their laundry. You can make some extra money by working as a Laundry Care provider. They handle all of the client sign-ups and invoicing. You’ll need to be able to do laundry during daytime hours and have a reliable car. Currently, Laundry Care is only in select cities, but planning to expand.
Of course, you could also offer laundry services on your own and find clients directly.
88. Organize Other People’s Homes
Do you have a knack for organization? If so, other people may be interested in hiring you to organize their homes. This side hustle could involve organizing closets and specific rooms or creating better storage options.
To learn more, please read How to Become a Professional Organizer.
89. Landscaping and Yard Work
Do you like working outside? There are plenty of possibilities for making money on the side by doing landscaping, mowing lawns, trimming plants, and doing other types of yard work. If you have a few regular customers (like weekly lawn mowing jobs), you can make good money without looking for work.
90. Pool Cleaning
Pool cleaning is another service that you can offer in your local area. You can service a few clients and benefit from a flexible schedule, or try to make it a full-time business. You’ll need some knowledge of pools, but it’s pretty easy to learn.
91. Snow Removal
For this side hustle, you’ll have to rely on the weather to provide the opportunity, but you can make pretty good money. Invest in a snowblower and simply offer your services to people when it snows.
Nobody likes to shovel snow, so it’s not hard to find willing people to pay. If you have a truck with a plow, you can also offer your services to businesses needing a parking lot cleared quickly after the snow.
92. Start a Moving Service
If you don’t mind some physical labor, you can get paid to help people move. You’ll probably need a partner, or you’ll need to hire someone. Paying movers can be quite expensive, even for local moves, so there’s plenty of money to be made here.
Shopping Services and Other Tasks
In this section, you’ll find some easy side hustles that just about anyone can do, although you’ll need a car or mode of transportation.
93. Mystery Shopping
Companies use mystery shoppers to get valuable feedback, and if you like to shop, this can be a great side hustle to make some extra money. You’re income potential as a mystery shopper or secret shopper is limited, but it can be a fun way to make some extra money (and get free meals) in your spare time.
To learn more, please read How to Become a Secret Shopper.
94. Shop for Other People
Shipt is an on-demand grocery delivery service. You can apply to work for them. You’ll be responsible for shopping for the groceries and delivering them to customers, and you’ll be able to earn up to $22 per hour. Instacart is another similar service that hires shoppers/drivers.
95. Complete Various Tasks with TaskRabbit
With TaskRabbit you can complete tasks in categories like delivery, cleaning, moving, handyman, furniture assembly, and personal assistant. You can see the available tasks in your area and choose the ones you want to accept.
With the right experience or training, some professional services can also work well as side hustles. Whether you’re simply looking to make some extra cash or your spare time or you want to build a small business, these types of services are possibilities.
96. Work as a Consultant
This is a broad one because you could do about any type of consulting as freelance work. If you have experience or knowledge in a field, it’s possible that others would be interested in paying you as a consultant.
If you want to do consulting part-time, you could schedule clients around your existing commitments. If you wanted to take it full-time, that would be a possibility too. In a lot of fields, consultants can demand a high hourly rate.
97. Prepare Taxes
If you have a background in accounting or tax preparation, you could offer your services to people who don’t want to do their own income taxes. With software like TurboTax, it’s probably not as easy to find clients as it was years ago, but plenty of people prefer to have a real person with experience handling their taxes. If it’s a side hustle, just ensure you don’t take on too many clients before the April 15th deadline.
98. Start a Bookkeeping Business
Similarly, you can also offer bookkeeping services to clients. Tax prep services will be in high demand early in the year before April 15th, but businesses need bookkeeping services year-round. You could do this on the side or turn it into a full-time business.
99. Become a Notary
You’ll need to go through the process of becoming a notary if you want to pursue this side hustle, but it’s not that difficult. Once you do, you can make money for simple things. Check out the National Notary Association for information.
100. Become a Freelance Recruiter
Here’s a freelance side hustle that most people don’t know about. You could freelance for a recruiting agency or recruiter and earn a commission whenever someone you’ve recruited is hired for the job.
This opportunity is ideal for people who have recruiting or HR experience. You’ll need to do some legwork to find opportunities, but there are probably several recruiting agencies in your area that you could reach out to.
Please read How to Make Money as a Freelance Recruiter for more details.
101. Invent Things
If you’re the creative type, you may enjoy making money by selling your ideas. To be honest, selling an idea is not easy, but there are opportunities if you have an invention that companies are willing to pay for.
Please see our list of companies that pay for invention ideas to see where you might be able to sell your ideas.
Aside from the types of services we’ve already looked at, there are many other types of services you can provide as a side hustle. Here are just a few of those side hustle ideas.
102. Start a Trash Cleanup Business
This is one of the most overlooked and underappreciated side hustle ideas to make money. Every office complex, strip mall, or retail store needs to keep its parking lot clean. You could start a business clearing litter from parking lots and make a great income.
You could run your trash cleanup business as a part-time side hustle or grow it into a full-time business. Brian Winch has been earning six figures per year since the ’80s with this trash cleanup business, and he teaches his exact business model in Cleanlots.
Brian calls it “America’s simplest business.” You don’t need any skills or experience to start, you don’t need a lot of capital or expensive equipment, and you can quickly build up a significant income. If you’d like to be a business owner but are unsure what type of business to start, check this one out.
103. Mechanic or Small Engine Repair
If you have the skills and experience, you can earn extra cash fixing cars or small engines, and the pay can be pretty good.
Just last week, I was looking for someone to fix a leaf blower that I couldn’t get to start. I searched Craigslist and found a guy in my area. He repairs small engines in the evenings and weekends when he’s not working his day job. All he had to do was place the listing on Craigslist, and I found him, and he made $40.
If you’re an auto mechanic, you can look into YourMechanic.com, where you can make $40 – $50 per hour working flexible hours.
104. At-Home Sales
NexRep offers opportunities to work from home in sales, with opportunities for inbound and outbound calls (they also have opportunities in customer service).
105. Direct Sales
You probably know at least a few people involved in direct sales as a side hustle. I have a few friends and family that do pretty well with home parties and other types of sales.
You can sell anything from makeup and cosmetics to cleaning products, supplements, essential oils, to utilities, and more. In some cases, these businesses have a multi-level marketing structure or organization where you’ll have dual responsibility for selling products and recruiting other sellers. Of course, MLMs don’t have the best reputation, and for good reason, but there are some legit direct sales opportunities out there.
106. Wash and Detail Cars
This is an easy side hustle that just about anyone can do. You don’t need any particular skills, and very little equipment. Just find people who either don’t have time or aren’t able to wash their own car, and you can make some money.
When I was a kid, my dad and I waxed cars one summer to make extra money. Most of our business came from senior citizens who wanted to take good care of their cars but couldn’t do the work themselves.
Working as a valet parking attendant could be an excellent weekend job or a way to make some money on the side. Typically, you’ll get paid a small hourly amount and be able to earn tips.
108. Computer Repair
You can offer repair services as a side hustle if you’re knowledgeable and experienced with computers. People always need work on their computers, and often dealing with the big stores is expensive and frustrating.
109. Offer Tech Support
HelloTech offers in-home tech support for mounting TVs, computer repair, networking, audio and video, and more. If you have the skills, you can apply to be one of their techs and control your own working hours.
110. Give Advice
Websites like JustAnswer make it possible to turn your expertise into money. You’ll answer people’s questions and provide advice for their specific situations.
Please see our article Get Paid to Give Advice Online to learn more.
111. Personal Stylist
As a personal stylist, you can help people look and feel better about themselves and make some money doing it. You can find clients through word-of-mouth or post your services on Craigslist and Facebook.
You can apply to be a women’s stylist with Stitch Fix in certain cities and work a flexible schedule.
112. Makeup Artist
Working as a makeup artist is another side hustle idea. If you get some work from brides, you can make pretty good money.
This may be a good fit if you’re in direct sales for a company that sells makeup and cosmetics. You can use your own products, and some of your clients may buy products from you in the future.
113. Hair Stylist
This is another ideal option for side hustling with weddings, proms, and special events.
114. Personal Assistant
Favor is an app that allows you to work as a personal assistant (opportunities only in Texas now). You’ll be picking up things for clients, and Favor says runners average between $10 – $18 per hour.
It can be a difficult industry to break into, but it’s possible to have a side hustle as a model. Many entry-level jobs and opportunities you’ll find online will be unpaid. In many cases, the photographer will give you photos for your portfolio in exchange for your services. You can also work through a modeling agency to find paying work.
116. Sewing and Alterations
If you have the right skills, you can make decent money and work flexible hours with this side hustle. About two years ago, I hired a local woman I found on Craigslist to do some work for me. She did a lot of clothing alterations, and prom season was the peak of her business. You can also work on custom drapes and other types of projects.
117. Start a Junk Removal Business
If you have a van or a truck, you can haul away junk for people. In some cases, you may even pick up things that you can resell for extra money. Removing large items is a pain, so plenty of people are willing to pay for junk removal services. I’ve hired junk removal people twice just in the past few years.
118. Work as a Political Advocate
Next Wave Advocacy hires independent contractors for phone-based work. You’ll be able to work flexible hours from home, talking to people about political issues.
119. Charge Scooters
If you live in a city, you probably see many people riding on rented electric scooters. Did you know you can earn extra cash by taking those scooters home and charging them? You’ll need to apply to be a charger, but it can be a nice way to earn extra cash.
To learn more, please read How to Make Money Charging Electric Scooters.
If you have some woodworking skills, you might be able to do carpentry work as a side hustle. This could include making things like shelves, tables, and other customized items. If this is something you enjoy, it could be an ideal way to earn extra income in your spare time.
Language-Related Side Hustles
There are several good side hustles related to language and typing skills, aside from transcription (which was covered earlier).
If you’re very, very fast at typing, you may be able to get work for closed captioning. These are just some of the companies that pay for this type of work:
If you’re multilingual, you can offer translation services. You could find clients on your own or use one of several sites that offer translation work. Aside from freelancing sites like Upwork, these sites are good places to find work as a translator:
123. Write Greeting Cards
Have you ever thought that you could write cards as good as the ones you see for sale in stores? If so, you could get paid to do it. Several companies pay people to write greeting cards. This article at The Penny Hoarder provides a lot of information.
Travel and Tourism Side Hustles
Do you love to travel? Do you like to connect with people from different parts of the world who are visiting your local area? If so, several possible side hustles may be a great fit for you.
124. Be a Tour Guide
If you enjoy meeting new people, offering services as a tour guide is a great option for making some extra money. Withlocals is a site that allows people like you to offer tours and unique experiences for visitors who want to connect with local insiders. Tours by Locals offers similar possibilities.
125. Provide a Service to Tourists
In addition to being a tour guide, there are plenty of other side hustles to make money by serving tourists.
As a real-world example, a few years ago, my wife and I were in Boston, and as we were walking into a historic cemetery, a guy handed out informational folders that he put together. When you entered the cemetery, you could take one of his folders for free, and it had all kinds of information about who was buried in the cemetery, where their graves are located, and what was noteworthy about their life.
When you left, he would get the folder back to give it to someone else, and many people tipped him. We gave him a few dollars because it was really helpful. I’m sure he made pretty good money that day because many people were going through the cemetery.
126. Travel Agent
Another way to make money in the travel industry is to offer services as a travel agent. If you like planning and you’re good at researching and finding the best deals, this could be a good fit for you.
There are a lot of websites that exist to help people find good travel deals, but there are still a lot of people that prefer to have the help of a travel agent rather than doing it themselves. This could also be a good fit if you travel a lot and have good experiences that you can recommend to others.
Working as an independent travel agent could be a side hustle or a full-time business.
Real Estate Side Hustles
There are many different ways you can earn extra income with real estate. Here are a few.
127. Rent Your House, Apartment, or Just a Room
This is a really popular way to make money. You could rent your house for a few weeks a year when traveling, rent out a second home as much as you can throughout the year, or just rent an extra room (a great option if you live in a college town).
To learn more, please read How to Rent a Room on Airbnb.
128. Rent Your Home to Filming Productions
LocationsHub provides a unique side hustle opportunity. You can list your home or property so filmmakers can find it. You can make money by renting it out to be used in a film. There is a cost (currently $4.95 per month) to list your property.
129. Rent Out Your Driveway
If you live in a city, parking can be hard to come by. If you have a driveway, you can rent it out to others who will pay you to be able to park there. JustPark, SpotHero, and ParqEx allow you to list your driveway so renters can find it. If you’re in the UK, you can list your parking space on YourParkingSpace.co.uk.
130. Rent Your Land to Campers
131. Invest in Real Estate
One of the best ways to make passive income is to own rental properties. You can easily have the time to manage a few properties as a side hustle, or if you want it to be completely passive, you can hire a property manager (or invest through Arrived). The downside here is that you’ll need some money to invest. However, it’s one of the best side hustle ideas for growing wealth.
132. Crowdfunded Real Estate
What if you want to invest in real estate, but you don’t have the money, time, or experience to manage your own properties? Crowdfunding is a great way to get the perks of investing in real estate without most of the challenges. You can invest without needing to work, making it completely passive.
Several different websites allow you to get involved with crowdfunding real estate. The details vary. Some are available to anyone and only require a small investment to start. Others are available only to accredited investors.
133. Rent Out Office Space
If you own space that could be used as an office, you can make some passive income by renting it out to others. LiquidSpace is a marketplace that allows you to list your own space so renters can find it.
134. Rent Land to Farmers
If you own a large property, you could rent land to farmers. You could find a renter privately or use a website like Shared Earth to connect with farmers.
135. Flipping Houses
If you’re willing to accept risk, flipping houses can make a lot of money. It helps you have experience with real estate, or if you’re handy, you can do some of the work yourself (or at least estimate how much the work will cost). Be careful though, it’s not as easy as it looks on HGTV.
Side Hustles That Use Your Car or Vehicle
Why not use your car to help make extra money? Here are some specific side hustle ideas.
136. Become an Amazon Flex Delivery Driver
Amazon also offers its own delivery service. They claim that Flex drivers make $18-$25 per hour working a flexible schedule. This could serve as a side hustle or a full-time job, depending on what you’re looking for.
One of the more popular gig economy side hustles recently is driving for Uber or Lyft. You’ll benefit from a flexible schedule and earn extra income just by driving people. Remember that you’ll need to account for the added expenses for gas and wear-and-tear on your vehicle.
138. Rent Out Your Car
If you have a car that doesn’t get used very often, you can put it to good use and make some money by renting it out to other people. There are a few websites that allow you to list your car so renters can find you.
To learn more, please read How to Make Money with Car Sharing.
139. Drive Your Truck
At GoShare you can make money by driving your truck or cargo van to haul things for other people. You can make $47 – $71 per hour, plus tips. Not a bad side hustle!
140. Rent Out Your Boat
141. Turn Your Car Into an Advertisement
Did you know that companies will pay you to advertise on your car? At Free Car Media you can sign up to offer your car to advertisers. You can make $50 per month for a rear window advertisement or $400 for a full car wrap.
Another similar option is Carvertise. They pay $100 – $200 per month for a full wrap, and you can also earn extra money by parking your car in specific locations ($30 per hour).
With Wrapify you can make anywhere from $84 per month for a panel to $452 per month for a full wrap.
Entertainment-Related Side Hustles
These are the best side hustle ideas to make money in entertainment-related industries. Most of these opportunities involve working at specific events, so it’s possible to do this part-time on the side of a full-time job.
142. DJ Weddings and Events
With the right equipment, you can make a good income DJing weddings and special events. Most of these events are on weekends, so it’s ideal even if you have a day job. And you can make good money doing it.
The best way to get clients is from exposure that you’ll get working events, so you just need to get started however you can. You can also create a profile at Gig Salad to make it easier for people to find you.
143. Be a Wedding Planner
If you love weddings and are good at planning and organizing, this is a good side hustle. Again, the events are usually on the weekend, so it’s something you can do even if you have a full-time job.
If you have some musical abilities, you could earn extra cash performing at weddings, bars and restaurants, and at other events. This is another one where the exposure you get from working one job will often lead to more work.
145. Entertain as a Costumed Character
It may not be the first side hustle idea that comes to mind, but it could be a lot of fun. You can entertain at parties as a costumed character. Gig Salad also has a section for this.
Cooking and Food-Related Side Hustles
If you’re skilled in the kitchen, there are several ways you could make money from those abilities. Here are just a few side hustle ideas.
146. Start a Catering Business
You could cater events, including weddings, corporate events, and church events. You’ll need to be able to cook for large groups, and you’ll probably need to hire some people to help with serving and cooking.
147. Cook Meals
Do you like to cook but have no interest in anything as involved as a catering business? If so, several websites allow you to make money by cooking meals for others.
- Eat With focuses on matching travelers with local hosts. You can apply to be a host and make money by cooking and hosting others for dinner.
- BonAppetour also allows you to list your in-home dining experiences.
- Feastly allows you to post your dinner events for others to find.
148. Start a Baking Business
Do you like to bake? How about starting a baking business as a side hustle?
Wedding cakes are an obvious possibility, but there are plenty of others. My wife has ordered cakes and cupcakes from a local woman for our kids’ birthday parties the past few years.
149. Become a Wine Guide
Through Traveling Vineyard you can sign up to become a wine guide and start your own business. You’ll help with in-home wine-tasting events. This could be a good opportunity if you like meeting people and wine. There are some costs involved.
150. Work as a Bartender
Pick up some evening or weekend shifts as a bartender, and you can make some money outside of your full-time job.
If you’re looking for some extra money, picking up some shifts as a server at a restaurant is an easy option. You could also serve at events for local caterers.
Health and Medical Side Hustles
152. Donating Plasma
It’s not the most common side hustle, but donating plasma can be a good way to make extra money (not to mention you’ll help others in need). You can make up to $400 a month by selling your plasma.
Please see Get Paid to Donate Plasma to learn all the important details.
153. Sperm Donor
Sorry ladies, this is not an equal-opportunity side hustle. But don’t worry, the next few are for you. Guys, you can get paid to donate sperm, and you’ll get to help people. Check with a local sperm bank for opportunities.
(Before jumping into this money-making opportunity, consider the implications of other people using your sperm to produce children and make sure you’re comfortable with it.)
154. Egg Donation
I’m no expert, but some say donating eggs is a health risk. That being said, you can make thousands of dollars doing it. If you’re considering it, read this article first.
155. Sell Breast Milk
Only the Breast is a community for moms to buy and sell breast milk. From searching the listings in my local area, it looks like you probably won’t make a ton of money doing this, but you could make something.
156. Be a Surrogate
Again, this is a side hustle you need to thoroughly research and consider before deciding, but there is a possibility of making a lot of money (you’ll deserve it). If you do a Google search for how to make money as a surrogate, you’ll find many websites.
Pick One of These Side Hustle Ideas and Get Started!
Now that you’ve looked at a huge list of the best side hustle ideas, it’s time to pick one that would be a good fit for you. There are so many ways to earn extra income by starting a side hustle, there’s bound to be something that would be a great opportunity for you. Take action and move forward to get one step closer to the financial life that you want.
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